Set up for basic flexographic printing

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ICPPR313C, 'Set up for basic flexographic printing'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Confirm routine job specifications

1.1. Job requirements are read and interpreted from job documentation or production control system

1.2. Set up is carried out correctly in minimum time with minimum wastage

1.3. Availability of all job related components is checked

1.4. Proofed job is checked for conformance with job specifications

2. Set up routine reel system (OR Element 3)

2.1. Reels are checked for treatment levels, coatings, printing side and age of product

2.2. Unwind reels are secured on reel shaft according to job specifications

2.3. Reels are correctly positioned on unwind stand according to job specifications

2.4. Correctly cut cores are positioned and mounted securely on rewind shafts

2.5. Press is webbed for single-sided surface print according to job specifications

2.6. Edge guide is centred and set according to job specifications

2.7. Unwind tension is set to suit substrate according to job specifications

2.8. Rewind tension is set to suit substrate according to job specifications

2.9. Nip rollers are set according to job specifications

2.10. PIV (Positively Infinitely Variable) drive is set for appropriate tensioning of substrate

3. Set up routine sheet system (OR Element 2)

3.1. Feeder is set up and adjusted according to job specifications

3.2. Sheet pick-up and transportation system is set up and adjusted according to job specifications

3.3. Transfer systems are set up and adjusted according to job specifications

3.4. Delivery is set up and adjusted according to job specifications

3.5. Substrate is removed from stacker according to job specifications

3.6. Sheet transfer and control system is set up and adjusted according to job specifications

3.7. Set off/marking prevention devices are set up and adjusted according to job specifications

4. Select and prepare inks and solvents

4.1. Inks and solvents are selected according to routine job specifications and end-user requirements

4.2. Quality and suitability of inks and solvents are checked and appropriate action is taken

4.3. Inks and solvents are prepared according to OHS requirements, and manufacturer's/supplier's instructions with suitable precautions to minimise waste

4.4. Correct colour and weight/volume of ink are mixed and viscosities checked and modified according to press requirements and routine job specifications

4.5. Ink formula and approved colour draw downs appropriately recorded

4.6. Inks and solvents are appropriately labelled, handled and stored according to manufacturer's/supplier's instructions and the relevant hazardous liquids storage regulations

5. Set up machine for basic flexographic printing

5.1. Flexographic plate cylinders are installed and register adjustments centred OR

5.2. Sleeves are installed in press and register adjustments made OR

5.3. Plate mounting sheets are mounted on cylinders in press and register adjustments made

5.4. Plate cylinders are gauged up or pre-set to impression

5.5. Inking system is set up and roller nips/blades are set correctly

5.6. Ink circulation is maintained at correct level and flow for machine requirements

5.7. Viscosities are adjusted according to job specifications

5.8. Air volume and drier temperatures or curing systems are selected to suit inks, substrate, solvents and according to job specifications

5.9. Air volume is adjusted between colours to maximise drying and minimise air overspill

6. Set up in-line units for basic process(es)

6.1. Minor in-line printing/converting/binding units are set up for basic process(es) and adjusted to suit machine requirements and job specifications

6.2. Assistance is given in the set up of major in-line printing/converting/binding units. (Note: if entire set up is done refer to appropriate Set up competency standards.)

7. Conduct proof run

7.1. Material to be used for proof is organised correctly

7.2. Press is set up and operated according to OHS guidelines

7.3. Print impressions are set to minimum kiss impression

7.4. Web tensions are correctly set at unwind, between stations and rewind

7.5. The print is checked for register

7.6. Drying is checked as sufficient to key ink to the substrate

7.7. The viscosities are adjusted to obtain the correct colour at proof speed and checked against colour matching system

7.8. The substrate is checked against job specifications

8. Organise proof inspection and/or testing

8.1. Proof is visually inspected and/or tested or laboratory testing is organised according to enterprise procedures.

8.2. Production does not commence without client approval or authority where appropriate

9. Readjust settings to production speed

9.1. Production speed print results are interpreted and appropriate adjustments are made to press, ink and substrate settings

9.2. Adjustments are made according to product specifications and press performance

9.3. Web is spliced at production speed and further samples are obtained for quality inspections at appropriate intervals

9.4. Press setting is documented and samples are retained

Qualifications and Skillsets

ICPPR313C appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICP20810 - Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Cartons)
  • ICP30910 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Cartons and Corrugating)
  • ICP30510 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)